Below is the situation after Turn 2.  Instead of a blow by blow, activation by activation description of the events, let me make a few observations.  

  • Note that the Germans have three Kampfgruppen in the withdrawal area already.  One regiment is high-tailing it south to exit off the map for a victory point.  

  • The pocket is collapsing.  The Allies are pushing it from both the north and south, and from the west as the Germans attempt to pull back in some sort of orderly fashion.  However, I still think I have made a crucial error as the Germans in not attempting to hold the line as long as possible so that the pocket doesn't get too thin.  This may make it difficult for units to escape in later turns. 

  • The 2nd Canadian Corps has made a major breakthrough in a highly undefended area in the northeast.  This will hurt the German effort to escape the trap.  

  • In later turns, if things keep going the way they are now, I can see the Germans pulling double duty in holding the line in the West while fighting in the east in attempts to break out of the pocket.  Some units may even be able to escape south if the American line isn't watertight.  

  • Argentan will be a major traffic point for the Germans in the next few turns as they try to use the road network to escape.  However, the Americans will eventually capture this town in the next few turns, and this will complicate things dramatically for the Krauts.  

More to come!

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